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05BANGKOK3206 THAILAND ISSUES STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR NEW IRAQI GOVERNMENT

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UNCLAS BANGKOK 003206

 

SIPDIS

 

SENSITIVE

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP, EAP/BCLTV, NEA

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PGOV PREL KPAO TH IRAQ

SUBJECT: THAILAND ISSUES STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR NEW IRAQI

GOVERNMENT

 

REF: BANGKOK 3107

 

¶1. (SBU) The MFA has informed Post that the RTG has issued

a public statement in support of the Iraqi transitional

Government. The MFA has posted the announcement on the

Ministry’s website (www.mfa.go.th). In addition, MFA North

America Division provided post with a copy of a

congratulatory Diplomatic Note the MFA sent to the Iraqi

Foreign Ministry. A copy of the public statement and

diplomatic note follow.

 

¶2. (U) BEGIN TEXT OF PUBLIC STATEMENT:

Thailand welcomes the formation of the new democratically

elected Iraqi government. This political milestone comes as

a result of perseverance and the collective strength of the

Iraqi people, who deserve full praise and admiration for

their efforts, despite the numerous difficulties and

obstacles in their way.

 

Thailand recognizees that the new Iraqi government will have

the important task of rebuilding an environment of peace and

stability in Iraq, as well as to provide for the well being

and prosperity of the people of Iraq. The successful

management of this period of political transition will be

crucial for the future political stability of the country, as

well as the region.

 

Thailand reaffirms its intention to work with the United

Nations and the international community in rendering support

to the government of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafri, for

the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the country. To

this end, Thailand looks forward to strengthening existing

cooperation and relations between the two countries

END PUBLIC STATEMENT

 

 

¶3. (SBU) BEGIN TEXT OF DIPLOMATIC NOTE:

Excellency,

I have the honor and great pleasure to extend to Your

Excellency my sincere congratulations and best wishes upon

Your Excellency’s resumption of duty as Minister of Foreign

Affairs of the Republic of Iraq.

 

I am confident that, with Your Excellency at the helm of

Iraq’s foreign policy, the relations between Iraq and

Thailand will continue to be further strengthened for the

mutual benefit and prosperity of our two countries and

peoples.

 

I have further the honor to reaffirm the commitment of

Thailand to support the international community in providing

humanitarian assistance to Iraq, and encourage the new Iraqi

government in working for progress towards the reconstruction

of the country.

 

Accept Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Kantathi Suphamongkhon

Minister of Foreign Affairs

END DIPLOMATIC NOTE

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 6:11 am

05BANGKOK3143 THAILAND: MEETING OF THE G8 CTAG

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BANGKOK 003143

 

SIPDIS

 

SENSITIVE

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/BCLTV, S/CT

PACOM FOR FPA (HUSO)

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PREL PGOV PTER TH ASEAN

SUBJECT: THAILAND: MEETING OF THE G8 CTAG

 

REF: A. 04 BANGKOK 8009

 

¶B. 04 BANGKOK 7838

¶C. 04 BANGKOK 5239

 

¶1. (SBU) SUMMARY: The Thailand G8 Counter-Terrorism Action

Group (CTAG) held its first quarterly meeting under the

Chairmanship of UK Ambassador David Fall on April 27. The

group discussed joint cooperation on a wide range of counter

terrorism (CT) related issues in Thailand, focusing on

creation of a RTG/CTAG CT working group, document fraud,

terrorist financing and Thai endorsement of all UN CT related

conventions. CTAG Ambassadors agreed to continue pressing

Thailand towards creation of a RTG/CTAG working group on

counter terrorism and rapid endorsement of the remaining

eight UN CT Conventions which the RTG has not yet ratified.

END SUMMARY

 

RTG/CTAG CT WORKING GROUP

 

¶2. (SBU) On April 27, the Ambassador participated in the

first quarterly meeting of the Thailand G8 Counter-Terrorism

Action Group (CTAG) under the Chairmanship of British

Ambassador David Fall. Reviewing the progress of the CTAG,

members noted that the RTG has repeatedly expressed its

desire to support international CT efforts. However, closer

coordination with the international community has been

hampered by the lack of a clear point of contact within the

RTG on CT issues. In 2004, CTAG members had proposed the

creation of a RTG/CTAG working group on CT but action was

delayed by the December 26, 2004 tsunami. (NOTE: On May 2,

Ambassador Fall met with MFA Permanent Secretary Krit

Garnjana-Goonchorn to press for the establishment of the

working group. Krit responded that the RTG was eager to move

forward with the idea and would work with the CTAG on its

creation. END NOTE)

 

DOCUMENT FRAUD

 

¶3. (SBU) The CTAG discussed the new G8 Control Strategy and

Draft Action Plan on Counterfeit Document Production in

Thailand, which is designed to provide a framework for G8

assistance to Thailand on document fraud. It is part of an

effort to improve the exchange of information and operational

coordination between the CTAG and RTG.

 

¶4. (SBU) The Control Strategy was developed in response to

concerns expressed at the November 2004 CTAG meeting (reftel

B) about operational gaps in information sharing between the

RTG and CTAG members. The Thais designated the National

Intelligence Agency (NIA) as the point of contact for

document fraud, but have not given it a clearly defined role.

CTAG members agreed that the Control Strategy is a good

start towards better coordination with the RTG on document

fraud. However, clarification is needed on the role of the

NIA.

 

¶5. (SBU) Members also expressed concern over how the

Ministry of Justice is interpreting and applying Thai

document fraud laws. Overall, CTAG members agreed that Thai

document fraud laws are adequate as written. What is lacking

is understanding of these laws by working level police and

customs officials. Members agreed to explore possibilities

for enhanced capacity building with the RTG. Ambassador Fall

will meet with Attorney General Kampree to discuss the role

of the NIA and to explore how CTAG members can assist the RTG

in effectively enforcing document fraud laws.

 

TESTIMONY BY DIPLOMATIC PERSONNEL

 

¶6. (SBU) CTAG members agreed that the RTG should be

reminded that CTAG member countries are willing to waive

diplomatic immunity, on a case by case basis, to enable

embassy staff to give evidence or expert testimony in cases

involving home country document fraud. The RTG should also

understand that testimony by embassy personnel should not be

viewed as an impediment to prosecution. Ambassador Fall

agreed to also raise this issue with the Attorney General.

 

TERRORIST FINANCING

 

¶7. (SBU) Members exchanged information on how the CTAG can

build Thai capacity to counter terrorist financing,

especially informal remittance systems connected to ongoing

separatist violence in the far south of Thailand. The RTG is

particularly sensitive to the issue because of press reports

that southern militants may be receiving financial support

from abroad. CTAG members agreed to continue individual

efforts to build capacity within the RTG in order to bring

them up to international standards.

 

UN CT CONVENTIONS

 

¶8. (SBU) Thailand is a party to five of the UN Conventions

relating to CT — following RTG ratification of the

Convention on Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism in

September 2004 — but has made little progress towards

ratification of the remaining seven UN CT Conventions (eight

if the 2005 Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear

Terrorism is included). The MFA has repeatedly stated that

Thailand intends to implement all UN CT Conventions (reftel

A). The Ambassadors agreed that all CTAG members should

continue to encourage the RTG to adopt the remaining

conventions. In his May 2 meeting with Ambassador Fall, MFA

Permanent Secretary Krit acknowledged that Thailand has yet

to ratify the eight conventions. Krit noted that the Cabinet

passed a resolution in December 2004 urging Thai agencies to

expedite ratification, but the process was interrupted by the

tsunami. Krit did not offer a clear timetable for

 

SIPDIS

ratification.

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 6:08 am

05BANGKOK3107 THAILAND: ENCOURAGING SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQ TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT

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UNCLAS BANGKOK 003107

 

SIPDIS

 

SENSITIVE

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/BCLTV, NEA

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PGOV PREL IZ TH IRAQ

SUBJECT: THAILAND: ENCOURAGING SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQ

TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT

 

REF: STATE 79107

 

¶1. (SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to

Minister-Counselor Amornsate Singha, the new Director of

MFA’s North America Division. In subsequent conversations,

Amornsate said that the Royal Thai Government (RTG) has

already delivered congratulatory messages to both President

Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja’afari through

diplomatic channels and is considering issuing a public

statement of support as well. Amornsate noted that the

language the RTG had used in its diplomatic messages was

almost identical to the language provided in our talking

points. Amornsate said that the RTG does not have any

objection to issuing a public statement of support, but has

not reached consensus on appropriate language within the

Foreign Ministry.

 

¶2. (SBU) Poloff asked if Foreign Minister Kanthati — who

departs May 10 for a May 13 meeting with the Secretary —

would be prepared to issue a statement during his visit to

the U.S.. Amornsate said that a statement of support for the

Iraq Transitional Government has been included in FM

Kanthati’s trip talking points and background material, but

he could not confirm whether the Foreign Minister would make

a public statement during the visit.

BOYCE

Written by thaicables

August 28, 2011 at 6:06 am